BBC to offer UHD on iPlayer

bbciplayerThe BBC’s Mike Gunton (Creative Director/BBC Natural History Unit) and Andy King , said in an interview last week at the MIPCOM programming market, that the BBC was now working hard to get its Ultra-HD productions out to the consumer.

AndyKing said that high-profile shows, such as the upcoming Planet Earth II series, were increasingly being produced in High Dynamic Range (HDR).
He said: “What we now need to work on is how we are going to get to the viewer. Obviously, as an organisation we are committed to delivery on every platform. But Digital Terrestrial (Freeview) is going to be very difficult.

However, we are very much strategically taking an ‘Internet first’ approach. So we see our first offerings with UHD/HDR, and HDR is very important, to be on the iPlayer platform.
Sound quality was also mentioned in the interview. “We have moved to 5.1 but I’d really like to see some serious developments in Object Based Audio. As an industry we need not to forget the sound stuff!”

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